The Edgbaston Cricket Ground was formally established in 1882.

The ground, located in the southern suburb of Birmingham, is the fourth-largest cricketing venue in England, after Lord's, Old Trafford and The Oval, with a seating capacity of 24,803.

The first international match played at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground was a Test between England and Australia in 1902. The match ended in a draw.

Since then, the Edgbaston has hosted 53 Tests, 64 ODIs and five T20Is.

The last international match at this venue was the third ODI of Pakistan’s tour of England in 2021. An all-round performance from James Vince (102 and two catches) helped the hosts secure a three-wicket win and register a 3-0 whitewash over the visitors.

The Edgbaston Cricket Ground is the home of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club and its T20 team Birmingham Bears.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground Test records

Highest team total – England’s 710/7 against India in 2011 is the highest Test score at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Alastair Cook’s knock of 294 and Eoin Morgan’s 104 guided the English team to a mammoth total after India’s first innings score of 224 in the third game of the four-match Test series. England won the match by an innings and 242 runs, and would go all the way to win the Test series 4-0.

Lowest team total – South Africa’s 30 all out is the lowest Test score at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. After England posted a first innings score of 438, the visitors were dismissed for 30 within 12.3 overs with Arthur Gilligan scalping six wickets for just seven runs.

Most runs – Former England captain Alastair Cook has aggregated the most Test runs at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, with 869 runs in 10 matches at an average of 53.02. Furthermore, he is also the record holder for the highest individual score at the venue. His knock of 294 runs - laced with 33 boundaries - helped England register a Test win against India by an innings and 242 runs.

Most wicketsJames Anderson is the bowler with the most Test wickets at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, scalping 45 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 2.81. The English pacer averages a wicket every 23 balls he bowls in Test matches at the venue.

Best bowling figures in a matchFred Trueman’s haul of 12 for 119 for England against Australia in 1963 is the best bowling figures in a Test match at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. After registering a haul of 5 for 75 in the first innings, the right-arm fast bowler picked up seven wickets in his 14.3 overs at a miserly economy of 3.03.

Best bowling figures in an innings - Wilfred Rhodes’s 7/17 in the 1902 Test against Australia is the best bowling figures in an innings at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. His efforts helped England bundle out Australia for 36 in 23 overs in the first innings.  He also picked up a wicket in the second innings before the match ended in a draw.

Author: William Paul

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